Black Soap launches the EP and is the first song ever written by For Against a torrid, sharp post-punk composition that highlights the band s early fascination with Joy Division, and particularly its predecessor, Warsaw. Dingman's chop-saw, flanged guitar chords descend like a flock of angry birds, while Runnings declares, Your black soap won t get me clean.
Dark Good Friday is equally frenetic, but showcases Runnings' unmistakable soaring vocal melodies while relying more heavily on Dingman s meticulous, but always atmospheric, fretwork. Early flourishes of Hill s trademark drumming are apparent, with every nook and cranny filled with decisive fills and cymbal crashes, on or off the downbeat.
The EP closes with Amen Yves (White Circles) - a previously unreleased mix of the fan favorite and European darkwave club staple. Equal parts dream- and dance-inducing, Amen Yves (White Circles) is a longer mix that showcases even more the interplay between Runnings' hypnotic vocals and the haunting triplet melodies that alternate between Dingman's guitar and guest flutist Erin Cerretta.
Signposts: Joy Division, Wire, Factory Records.